Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stepped down from his position as the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the International Business Times website reports today (August 23, 2015).
Several other top-level officials of the PLO also resigned.
Abbas, 80, remains president of the PLO -- a position he has held since 2005.
Abbas has not publicly stated the reasons for his resignation, but a Palestinian official, Wassel Abu Yussef, said it was intended to force new elections for the executive committee. Also, Abbas has been disappointed with the failure of the PLO and Israel to reach an agreement on the establishment of a Palestinian state.